Merrimack High School academic top 10 for 2015

Here are brief biographies of the members of the Class of 2015 who ranked in the top 10 academically at Merrimack High School.

1. Isabelle Beauregard

Isabelle Beauregard has participated in many activities at Merrimack High School, including FIRST Robotics as team co-captain, the concert band as the vice president and clarinet section leader, the National Honor Society as the vice president, the National Latin Honor Society, MHS’s newspaper The Hawk, Quiz Bowl and the Student Congress. Beauregard will attend the University of Alabama next year.

2. James Jolly

James Jolly is a friendly person who always has a smile on his face. He enjoys all subjects, but especially science, linguistics and art. Jolly is a three-season athlete, competing in cross country, swimming and lacrosse. Between practices and games, he also has found time for politics: he is class president and on Student Council. He is a member of the Granite State Challenge trivia team and Science Olympiad. Service is a major motivator for Jolly. He serves in his church, Our Lady of Mercy Parish, as well as in National Honor Society and Boy Scout Troop 424. For his Eagle Scout project, he constructed a running trail along the Souhegan River connecting the Wildcat Falls trail system to the high school, giving the cross-country and track teams quick, off-road access to these trails. The trail is planned to be continued by the town to connect Wildcat to Watson Park, creating more accessibility for the public. He is helping MHS to found Merrimack Cares, in which students give back to the community through service projects. Next year, Jolly will attend Clemson University in South Carolina. He plans to major in biosystems engineering and minor in Spanish.

3. Shoshana Sernik

Sernik was involved with the band, math team, Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society and Science Olympiad at Merrimack High School. She also led the Nashua chapter of United Synagogue Youth. With Science Olympiad, Sernik won medals at the state level, went to nationals and was team captain this past year. Next year, Sernik will take a gap year in Israel, where she will study, volunteer and tour the country. After her time in Israel, Sernik will study biochemistry at Columbia University and Jewish studies at List College.

4. Hersh Rai

As a three-season athlete for the last four years – cross country, indoor track, outdoor track – treasurer of his class, member of the Science Olympiad and math teams, as well as participating in the DECA and Academy of Finance programs, Hersh Rai has tried to expose himself to different subject areas and broaden his horizons; he always tried to take advantage of the opportunities offered within the school. Next year, Rai will start a new journey by attending the United States Naval Academy as a plebe. He plans to pursue a major in nuclear engineering.

5. Dylan Richardson

Ever since Richardson was young, he has enjoyed math, and his enthusiasm for numbers continued throughout his high school career. He completed an independent class in Calculus III during his senior year. Over the last four years, his passion for math extended into computer programming. Having taught himself how to code during his freshman year, Richardson applied his newfound talent to learn more than eight languages, ranging from C++ to Javascript, and build four websites. Richardson played three varsity sports: soccer, basketball, and track and field. As a member of the National Honor Society and the Leos Club, he participated in many community service activities. Richardson will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall to study mechanical engineering and computer science.

6. Blake Williams

Throughout his four years at MHS, Blake Williams has taken a variety of advanced classes, been active in his community and has participated in varsity athletics for 11 seasons. He is a National Merit finalist and has participated in activities such as Science Olympiad and National Honor Society. Williams also was selected as an NHIAA student-athlete and named an All-State track athlete last year. He will attend the University of Vermont in the fall, studying physics and biology in the Honors College.

7. Sandra Walser

Sandra Walser She has been involved in numerous clubs and activities, including National Honor Society, Random Acts of Kindness, Leo Club, New Hampshire Scholars and the NHHSET equestrian team. Walser also volunteered at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua for the last three years. She feels thankful to have been exposed to many wonderful teachers and experiences who have inspired new interests for her. Walser will attend the University of Vermont in the fall to study biology and plans to pursue a future in the medical field.

8. John Pitten

John Pitten participated in Science Olympiad and cross country during all four years of his high school career. Pitten will attend Tufts University in the fall, where he plans to pursue a major in physics.

9. Katherine Brennan

Katherine Brennan was an active member in many MHS activities. She was a part of National Honor Society, Science Olympiad and Student Council. She has also been a participant in athletics, including the softball, track, varsity cross-country and varsity swim teams. Brennan won numerous awards through her athletics and on the Science Olympiad team. In swimming, Brennan won a state championship. She also swam for a club team all four years of high school and competed at the national level her junior and senior years. This fall, Brennan will attend Purdue University to study biomedical engineering.

10. Schuyler Vaillancourt

In addition to taking a number of AP and honors courses, Schuyler Vaillancourt participated in track and cross country for four years while also writing about Merrimack High School for The Telegraph. Vaillancourt has a passion for languages, literature and also arguing. In the fall, Vaillancourt will attend the honors program at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, where he plans to study international affairs, English and prelaw.